Pre-menstrual Syndrome and Chinese Herbs – Rehmannia Glutinosa (Shu Li Huang)

Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their diet. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) occurrence have more than double over past 50 years due to the acceptance of its as medical condition and caused by unhealthy diet with high in saturated food. Premenstrual syndrome is defined as faulty function of ovaries related to women's menstrual cycle, it effects the women physical and emotional state and sometimes interference with daily activities as result of hormonal fluctuation. The syndrome happens in one or two weeks before menstruation and then decreasing when the period starts. It is said the symptoms can be so severe that between 10-15% of women have to take time off work, costing businesses millions of dollars a year. In this article, we will discuss how Chinese herbs -rehmannia glutinosa (shu li huang) effects women with PMS.

I. Definition
Rehmannia glutinosa (shu li huang) is a perennial herb with reddish-violet flowers, native to China, Japan and Korea, it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and kidney disorder.

II. how Chinese herbs -rehmannia glutinosa (shu li huang) effects women with PMS.
1. Iridoids
Rehmannia glutinosa contains high amount of iridoids which not only help to increase the immune system in protecting our body fighting the invasion of bacteria and virus thereby, reducing the risk of inflammation and infection in our body including the reproductive system of women but also reduce the muscle spam resulting in lessening the premenstrual pain and cramps.

2. Water retention and weight gain
Since it is kidney tonic medicine, it helps to increase the kidney function in urinary secret, thereby decreasing the risk of fluid retention in the body tissues causing weight gain.

3. Essential amino acid
Rehmannia glutinosa (shu li huang) also contains a variety of amino acids which are necessary for our body in converting proteins to fats and carbohydrates resulting in decreasing the risk of nervous tension including anxiety, depression and emotional and physical stress.

4. Saccharides or carbohydrates
It also contains carbohydrates besides play an important role in the process of the immune system and fertility, it also helps to provide energy for our body daily activity resulting in lessening the risk of fatigue and tiredness for some women with PMS.

5. Premenstrual pain and cramps
Inorganic ions is essential for the electrical activity that helps to support muscle contractions and neuron activation theby, decreasing the risk of over active uterus muscles and lessening the abdominal pain and cramps.

Source by Kyle J Norton

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